UPDATE (3/3/15): Noah’s MRI showed no damage to his heart valves or pumping function due to the inflammation in his heart (myocarditis). He still has a long way to go and is still in the Critical Care Unit, but this is a huge step forward in terms of his recovery. Please keep praying for him — and us. We can feel the prayers of so many people pouring over us. It has made this difficult journey much easier to face.
So I’ve been experiencing something I can’t really explain lately, something I can’t quite put my finger on, but it’s there and it’s real. I’ve gone to two meetings of our Cornerstone Retreat core team — we will be the ones who plan and present the retreat to the women of our parish next year — and for some inexplicable reason, I just don’t feel like I belong in the group. Now, this is not me being humble or me looking for encouragement or me doing anything except sitting in our spiritual formation meetings feeling totally and utterly disconnected. I have had nothing to say at these meetings — nada, zip, zilch, zero — and if you know me at all, then you know that this is serious. I can make conversation with a post, so to suddenly find myself with nothing to say leaves me, well, speechless. Read more
In the span of 24 hours, I have learned of two young mothers who are battling cancer. My heart is just breaking for both of them. Please pray for Kathleen, who lives in my town and has three children with her husband, Tom, and Emilie, who lives in Minnesota and has two sons — one of them newborn — with her husband, Steve. Both of these beautiful and faith-filled women need your prayers and as many other prayers as you can round up.
Email your friends, put them on prayer chains, write them into parish intention books, think of them and say a prayer when you hug your own children and start to cry at the mere thought of having to face what they’re facing.
Emilie has a blog. If you would like to visit, click HERE.